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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Morris, Fox wrap up draft

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Our friends over at SportsRadioInterviews.com passed along links on a couple of NFC South coaches talking about their drafts.

Here’s Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris saying he thinks the Bucs probably got four starters out of this draft. I agree with him on that. Go ahead and put defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price in the starting lineup right now because the Bucs are already doing that. They went ahead and cut veteran Chris Hovan and they’ve got Roy Miller waiting in the wings to be the third guy in the rotation. Also, put receiver Arrelious Benn in the starting lineup and put him as the No. 1 guy. Yep, it’s normally a stretch to say a second-round pick can step in and instantly become a starter. But look at the rest of Tampa Bay’s receivers: Benn already is the best the Bucs have. And fourth-round pick Mike Williams just might be a starter pretty quickly, too. Some off-field issues dropped Williams’ stock. But the Bucs did extra homework on this guy and they wouldn’t have taken him if they didn’t think he could work. Actually, Williams has the upside to be even better than Benn.

Here’s Carolina’s John Fox talking about quarterback Jimmy Clausen falling into Carolina’s lap at No. 48. Fox, who never admits he’s surprised about anything, pretty much admits he was surprised about this. Believe me, I know for a fact the Panthers were surprised when Clausen made it to the second round and they were trying to trade up earlier in the round to make sure they got him. They didn’t have the currency to make a deal and they were very nervous as the final few teams around them made their picks.